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Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Istanbul

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USD 26.95
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    What to Expect
    Arrive in the neighborhood of Sirkeci and step into the Hodjapasha Dance Theater for your Istanbul Whirling Dervish Show. Enjoy the architecture of this 15th century building, originally used for Turkish baths and now home to ceremonial performances and traditional Turkish dance. Head to the bar and indulge in a few pieces of Turkish delight and a drink (own expense) before taking your seat in the main hall for your 1-hour show.

    Kick-off the show with 15 minutes of wonderful traditional Turkish music. Then, witness a company of semazens (or whirling dervishes) perform the Mevleviye sema dance. Watch as this 800 year-old ritualistic dance is performed over 45 minutes. Observe these expressive Dervish’s whirl and glide along and see why this dance is included on UNESCO’s Intangible World Heritage List.

    Feel the passion of the dance as each Dervish spins in a choreographed motion like a white top to Persian and classical Turkish music. Hear the kettledrum, flute, and cymbal conducted by the theater’s musicians and enjoy ancient Persian prayers and poetic songs.

    Once the performance concludes, feel free to remain at the venue to relax with a drink or a snack at your own expense.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Sirkeci, Istanbul
    Departure Time
    7:00 PM
    1h 30m
    • Unlimited Tea, water and juice
    • Entry/Admission - Hodjapasha Cultural Center
    • Entry/Admission - Whirling Dervishes Istanbul
    • Guaranteed to skip the lines
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Additional food and drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 6 years
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Well you didn't go to Istanbul if you haven't watched the show! it is totally worth it, and a good activity to do after hours, you can go bar hopping and clubbing after that, the timing is perfect, they also offered a pick-up from the...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank imadbazzi
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    It's true that with TripAdvisor price is twice higher. You can Google it and buy online via Turkish website. Show itself its interesting to see but before going recommended to read about meaning a bit more. Because melody sing in Arabic. Dancing is monotony and...More

    Thank 344julijab
    Reviewed 4 August 2019 via mobile

    I was so disappointed to find out that I was charged almost double by trip advisor/viator compared to buying there. A real RIP off which left a bad taste for me as I am on tight budget. The show itself was good. More spiritual than...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    8  Thank ninazadeh
    Reviewed 26 July 2019

    It is both a happy and sad story to behold such great pageant and ceremony in a country that is not the birthplace of the famous Persian poet and mystic. The Sufi ceremony symbolizes stages on the path to accessing God and contains religious elements...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
    21  Thank IRAN_IDEAL_GUIDE
    Reviewed 25 June 2019

    I really enjoyed it. You have to sit and focus on the way they move around within one square of space, twirling round and round until your head starts spinning. Photography is now allowed. However, the show after that, the dances from different parts of...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    3  Thank SamreenAhsanCanada
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    4 August 2019|
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    Response from SamreenAhsanCanada | Reviewed this property |
    Yes there is a separate line
    16 June 2019|
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    Response from barbarabuilder | Reviewed this property |
    I don’t think that would be a good idea, he will be board and probably not let u enjoy .
    26 April 2019|
    Response from Loubna A | Reviewed this property |
    Hello dear: Basically kids are not allowed whatsoever reason. So, you have to keep him at a nursery or if your hotel provides a babysitter. Good luck
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